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Any place in midtown serve CONGEE (JOOK)?

the closest places i know of are in K-Town (32nd street) like Kang Suh - that would be the Korean version "jook," which is less oily and more porridge-y than congee.

best place for congee though by far are the ones in Chinatown, IMO...

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Kang Suh
1250 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Nov 16, 2010
stah00 in Manhattan

fun but reasonably priced drinks in midtown west?

looking for a non-stuffy and non-touristy place with a nice bar scene to meet up for cocktails with a friend tomorrow evening... ideally, something like Fig & Olive but with less pricy drinks would be a keeper.

suggestions?

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Fig & Olive
420 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

Nov 16, 2010
stah00 in Manhattan

great BYOB recs?

my fave is ivo and lulu (french caribbean); some may argue it's overdone and overrated but i never fail to have a wonderful time there.
- peking duck house on mott st
- cube 63 on the LES (sushi)

Mar 08, 2010
stah00 in Manhattan

are seafood appetizers/entrees considered "modest" in both nutrition and price?

upcoming dinners will be at the monkey bar and several private supper clubs in nyc.

Mar 08, 2010
stah00 in Manhattan

are seafood appetizers/entrees considered "modest" in both nutrition and price?

I will be dining with my boss at some upcoming business dinners. He dines at swanky restaurants but is very into health and fitness, and expects employees who dine with him to make healthy but tasteful (as in not purposely choosing the cheapest items) choices, but I'm not quite sure what that means other than not to order bone marrow/iceberg lettuce for appetizers or a porterhouse/bland chicken dish for an entree.

I've looked at the menus and it seems the best choices are mostly seafood - do the following selections seem appropriate in both price and healthiness?

Appetizers: ceviches, raw oysters, tartares (both beef/seafood)

Entrees: any roasted/pan seared fish entrees (I don't order chicken or pasta for entrees, and am choosing to steer clear of lobster, beef, lamb, duck, and veal for price and fat content reasons)

Mar 01, 2010
stah00 in Manhattan

Any chinese congee places uptown?

My Chinese friend took me to a delicious congee place ever that he swears by and has been going to for the past 20 years, in the heart of chinatown, in sort of a grungy place with a name that i definitely can't pronounce or recall at the moment. next time i am there i will write down the address for you all!! we had the works - abalone, pork, beef, with the usual little boiled nuts. so delicious. and SO cheap.

Feb 23, 2010
stah00 in Manhattan

Any chinese congee places uptown?

looks good and cheap. do you recommend the minced or sliced beef?

Feb 22, 2010
stah00 in Manhattan

Any chinese congee places uptown?

I've been craving chinese congee (rice porridge dish) but don't know any places except in chinatown that actually have it on the menu... anyone know of anywhere closer to the UWS that serves it???

Feb 22, 2010
stah00 in Manhattan

Any way to save already-cooked frozen pork belly?

Thanks so much for the ideas! I think I'm going to try sauteing it with the pan sauce, sounds like the simplest way to crisp it up without overcooking it.

Feb 22, 2010
stah00 in Home Cooking

Any way to save already-cooked frozen pork belly?

After being overly ambitious and indulgent at the Breslin in Manhattan, we took home a completely untouched smoked pork belly dish. We didn't get a chance to eat it in the next few days so we froze it, and now we have no idea what to do with it. It was $50 so it seems like a waste to throw it away or just experiment with it, but we're not quite sure what to do with it.

Any ideas for what to do after we thaw it without completely destroying/overcooking it?

Feb 22, 2010
stah00 in Home Cooking

Is "doubling the tax" a good way to calculate tip in Manhattan?

duh! sorry, don't know why that didn't occur to me earlier. *blush* thank you all

Feb 21, 2010
stah00 in Not About Food

Is "doubling the tax" a good way to calculate tip in Manhattan?

I'm terrible at math, and would rather not whip out my cellphone to calculate a tip at a fine dining establishment.

Can someone give me guidelines of calculating an appropriate tip based on the amount of tax I see on the bill?

Feb 21, 2010
stah00 in Not About Food

Does the whole table have to choose the same options for a tasting menu?

Neve rmind, just called! they said all diners choose their own options. they even said that not everyone at the table has to do the tasting menu.

Feb 21, 2010
stah00 in Not About Food

Does the whole table have to choose the same options for a tasting menu?

Bouley?

Feb 21, 2010
stah00 in Not About Food

Order champagne to toast before or after placing meal orders?

Did you specify the champagne you wanted or talk to the sommelier over the phone? I'd love to do the same but I'm on a budget and don't want them to surprise me with an unaffordable bottle!

Feb 21, 2010
stah00 in General Topics

Order champagne to toast before or after placing meal orders?

It looks like I'll have to look at the menu first - Bouley apparently doesn't distribute its wine list online or through fax. And I would really rather not request champagne beforehand if they're going to give me an incredibly expensive one without my say!

Feb 21, 2010
stah00 in General Topics

Does the whole table have to choose the same options for a tasting menu?

I know that in order to do a tasting menu all diners have to participate, but when there are options for courses, does each diner have to agree on the same option as well?

Feb 20, 2010
stah00 in Not About Food

How to choose bottles of wine when doing a tasting menu?

But I'd rather not have to specify a cost range at the dinner table... can I instead ask about a wine on the list that is in my price range to indicate to the sommelier what sort of prices I'm look at ?

Feb 20, 2010
stah00 in Wine

Order champagne to toast before or after placing meal orders?

For my bf's birthday, I'd like to start off with a standard champagne toast. Do I request the glasses of champagne when the waiter first comes to our table/gives us our menus, so that once we place our orders for food/wine and take the menus away, they can subsequently bring us the champagne to drink while we wait for our first course/first glasses of wine? Or is that too hasty, and should I just wait to request the champagne at the same time that we order everything else?

I know I sound a little compulsive but I rarely ever am "in charge" when fine dining, and I unfortunately never paid much attention to these little details to rely on my past experiences! I would just like everything to go as smoothly and timely as possible!

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Bouley
163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Feb 20, 2010
stah00 in General Topics

How to choose bottles of wine when doing a tasting menu?

I am taking my bf to Bouley for the tasting menu, but won't be doing the wine pairing because it is too expensive.

How do I go about choosing a bottle of wine that will complement multiple courses? I'm into wine but nowhere close to being a connoisseur. Frankly, I'm a little apprehensive about being embarrassed asking the sommelier this question - since clearly, I care about having good wine but can't afford to have the top-notch ones recommended with the tasting menu.

Or should I consider half-bottles or even simply ordering by the glass so that there will be a little bit of variety throughout the meal? I figure even those alternatives will be cheaper than the wine pairing.

Any advice on what to do? Or better yet, how to ask the sommelier this in a tactful fashion?

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Bouley
163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

Feb 20, 2010
stah00 in Wine

Appropriate Attire at a "Business Casual" Restaurant?

Thank you all so much for the advice! I'll tell him to wear pressed pants with a collared shirt and if he feels up to it, a jacket. I'm relieved to hear that the dress will be more than welcome, although I will bring a pashmina wrap just in case!!

Feb 20, 2010
stah00 in Not About Food

Appropriate Attire at a "Business Casual" Restaurant?

I'm taking my boyfriend to Bouley next week for his 27th birthday and I was wondering what I should tell him to wear. I know it's 'business casual,' but i don't want him to be over or underdressed. Can someone give me some recommendations?

And for myself, is it appropriate to wear a strapless dress to a business casual restaurant? It is dark, elegant and down to my knees, but I'm a little worried that maybe showing off my shoulders too much would be declasse in such a nice restaurant?

Thoughts?

Feb 20, 2010
stah00 in Not About Food

Ideal Reservation Time if the Restaurant Closes at 11:30?

I'm taking my boyfriend out to his birthday dinner at a fancy restaurant that closes at 11:30pm. I've made the reservation for 8 as I normally do, but I'm concerned because it closes relatively early - if I plan on doing a 5-course tasting menu, will we be rushed through it? Should I push it up to 7pm?

I know I know, I'm being picky but I REALLY want the timing to be perfect! I hate being rushed through meals, especially if I'm going to be paying a lot for it!

Feb 07, 2010
stah00 in Not About Food